NCEA Support for 2022

Aug 9, 2022

Changes to NCEA in recognition of another COVID-19 impacted year.

Today the Ministry of Education announced welcome changes to NCEA in response to the impact COVID-19 and other winter illnesses have had on teaching, learning and assessment this year.  The following changes will be in place for 2022.

Students will be entitled to 1 Learning Recognition Credit (LRC) for every 5 credits earned through assessment, up to a maximum of;

  • NCEA Level 1 = 10 Maximum LRCs
  • NCEA Level 2 =   8 Maximum LRCs
  • NCEA Level 3 =   8 Maximum LRCs  

To receive a Certificate Endorsement, students will need 46 credits at Merit and Excellence level, instead of the usual 50 credits.    

To be awarded University Entrance, students will need 14 credits in each of two UE Approved Subjects, and 12 credits in a third UE Approved Subject (they will also need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet the regular literacy and numeracy requirements).    

The submission dates for some externally assessed portfolios have also been moved back one week, ensuring no overlap with end of year exams.  Please see here for the list of subjects.

Should learning need to extend into 2023, we will work with NZQA to help students be awarded their qualifications earlier in the year, outside of the normal annual cycle.

This is great news to support our students achievement in NCEA.  With the exams now only 11 weeks away, please encourage your teen to keep working towards their goals.

Noho ora mai,

Scott Haines


By Scott Haines